United were in the running for him because he is a very good defender, with talent and ability to become one of the best in Europe as he progresses towards his mid-20s.
However, on the immediate side of things, it’s not a disaster to David Moyes in any way because there are other targets available and other players in the squad who ensure that not getting Marquinhos doesn’t matter.
United seem to have been linked with plenty of central defenders so far this summer but they already have a core nucleus of players who can occupy the two centre half positions.
In terms of experience, the side has the benefit of being able to rely on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to be able to guide the much younger players at the club to a level where they will eventually replace them.
The trio of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans often gets overlooked whenever the latest defender is linked to an Old Trafford switch and any combination of two out of that three could end up forming the heart of United’s defence for several years to come.
All three of those players were thrown in at the deep end by Sir Alex Ferguson and they have all performed admirably at the top level in the Premier League and also in the Champions League.
It proves that United have ample cover for the times when Vidic and Ferdinand are going to need to take a step out of the side for a rest, because they simply can’t play every single game any more.
In terms of the other defenders United have been linked with, someone like Ezequiel Garay of Benfica would be a much better signing than paying a massive fee for Marquinhos.
Garay is a player United could still very much go after and he provides a much stronger proposition in terms of experience and being able to walk straight into the Manchester United first team.
There are also more established defenders of similar ages to Marquinhos dotted around Europe who would ultimately be a better long term signing than the Brazilian.
A good example is Raphael Varane of Real Madrid who has a similar record at domestic level but is a player who has already played more international football than Marquinhos.
Varane is someone United could target and he wouldn’t be any less expensive but in a straight up choice between the two, Varane is the stronger proposition and he’s only one-year older.
It is a blow for United but it's certainly nowhere near the end of the world.
Is missing out on Marquinhos a big deal for United?
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